2014 Cabernet Franc, Hawk Creek Vineyard
Dark fruit flavors with a welcome sense of ripeness make this full-bodied wine feel generous and easy on the palate. It has soft tannins that let its black plum and blueberry flavors fan out and linger on the finish.
Where a grape wants to go a winemaker is wise to follow. The 2014 Cabernet Franc came off the vine bursting with potential, yet this vintage clearly called to be more Bordeaux than the Loire. A departure from our previous bottlings that have always been 100% Cabernet Franc, in 2014 we added 20% Merlot to encourage the already amazing structure and make a classic claret bottling. Certainly begging for a few years of cellaring, this wine has a dense character of chocolate truffles, cranberry juice and a touch of café au lait. One of the most intense and delicious wines we have ever produced.
The vineyard and future winery in California’s gold country are located at the southern end of the Fair Play American Viticulture Area. The vineyard was established in 1999 along Cedar Creek outside of the abandoned mining town of Coyoteville and a once thriving Pony Express route. We are at 2100 to 2300 feet with a variety of microclimates suitable for ultra-premium varietals. The site has been undergoing constant growth and development.
The vineyard sits on Josephine soil. The foothills of California and specifically Hawk Creek Vineyard require drip irrigation and frost protection. The vineyard basks in warm sunlight to be cooled by afternoon falling foothill temperatures and mountain breezes. This allows a longer growing season than most areas in the foothills with the development of full flavors and color intensity.